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2013 College Football Award Watch Lists: Biletnikoff Award features Marqise Lee, Sammy Watkins

We take a look at the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the most outstanding receiver. Who's the favorite to win it?

Streeter Lecka

The college football season is less than a week away, and we're back with more information about 2014 NFL Draft prospects! Today we look at the Biletnikoff Award watch list, which goes to the most outstanding receiver.

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Player Name
School Year
Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin SR
Davante Adams Fresno State SO
Nelson Agholor USC SO
Alex Amidon Boston College SR
Odell Beckham, Jr. LSU JR
Kenny Bell Nebraska JR
Michael Bennett Georgia JR
Chris Boyd Vanderbilt JR
Corey Brown Ohio State SR
Aaron Burbridge Michigan State SO
Damiere Byrd South Carolina JR
Michael Campanaro Wake Forest SR
Brandon Carter TCU JR
Brandon Coleman Rutgers JR
Brandin Cooks Oregon State JR
Amari Cooper Alabama SO
Jamison Crowder Duke JR
DaVaris Daniels Notre Dame JR
Mike Davis Texas SR
Quinshad Davis North Carolina SO
Titus Davis Central Michigan JR
Stefon Diggs Maryland SO
Phillip Dorsett Miami JR
William Dukes FAU JR
Quinton Dunbar Florida JR
Bruce Ellington South Carolina JR
Mike Evans Texas A&M SO
Shaquelle Evans UCLA SR
Austin Franklin New Mexico State JR
Jeremy Gallon Michigan SR
Keyarris Garrett Tulsa JR
Ryan Grant Tulane SR
Rashad Green FSU JR
Dorial Green-Beckham Missouri SO
Deontay Greenberry Houston SO
Noel Grigsby San Jose State SR
Je’Ron Hamm Louisiana-Monroe SR
Justin Hardy East Carolina JR
Chris Harper California SO
Robert Herron Wyoming SR
Cody Hoffman BYU SR
Josh Huff Oregon SR
T.J. Jones Notre Dame SR
Cody Latimer Indiana JR
Marqise Lee USC JR
Jordan Leslie UTEP JR
Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt SR
J.D. McKissic Arkansas State SO
Trey Metoyer Oklahoma SO
Matt Miller Boise State JR
Malcolm Mitchell Georgia JR
Donte Moncrief Ole Miss JR
Tracy Moore Oklahoma State SR
Alex Neutz Buffalo JR
Kevin Norwood Alabama SR
DeVante Parker Louisville JR
Charone Peake Clemson JR
Bernard Reedy Toledo SR
Tevin Reese Baylor SR
Paul Richardson Colorado JR
Allen Robinson Penn State JR
Shaq Roland South Carolina SO
Alonzo Russell Toledo SO
Jalen Saunders Oklahoma SR
Jaxon Shipley Texas JR
Tommy Shuler Marshall SO
Devin Smith Ohio State JR
Willie Snead Ball State JR
Josh Stewart Oklahoma State JR
Devin Street Pittsburgh JR
Eric Thomas Troy SR
Jordan Thompson West Virginia SO
Eric Ward Texas Tech SR
Sammy Watkins Clemson JR
Brandon Wimberly Nevada


Two horse race

That's a long list to digest, but when the dust settles and the season is over, look for either USC's Marqise Lee or Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins to win this award.

Sammy Watkins- Clemson

Clemson will find themselves in the National Championship discussion this season, and Watkins will be a big reason why. Two years ago, Watkins had a stellar freshman campaign where he caught 82 passes for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last season was a so-so year for Watkins after he had injuries, and a two game suspension by the team. Now a junior, Watkins looks to have his best year yet, and I believe he will. Watkins said in a recent radio interview that he's the best receiver in college and dares corners to press him because it won't work. Clearly Watkins is a very cocky twenty year old, but he's going to be a good one. Top notch speed, good route running, and reliable hands are just a few of the things Watkins possesses.

Marqise Lee- USC

Marqise Lee is the favorite to win this award after winning it last season. Last year Lee had 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns, as a sophomore! Even if Lee improves as a player, it's going to be very hard to surpass his state line from last year.

With no Matt Barkley throwing to him or no Robert Woods to take away double teams, Lee could face some bumps in the road this year. It doesn't help when the first bump is created by your head coach. The Lane Kiffin era hasn't exactly been pretty at USC, and the oddness to Kiffin's tenure is rolling over into the start of this season. He hasn't named the starting quarterback yet, with less than a week until their first game. It's bad enough from an outsider like me looking in thinking it's goofy, but then you have Marqise Lee speaking out about it too. Lee called it crazy that Kiffin hasn't named the starter yet, with the preparation for their game against Hawaii already under way. This all is worth mentioning because I find USC to be highly dysfunctional, which could hurt Lee's chances of producing fully and winning the award for the second year in a row.

When it comes to Marqise Lee's abilities, they aren't in question. Lee will abuse corners all year and give his quarterback a big window to throw into time and time again. If he stays healthy there's no reason not to think he won't catch north of 90 balls. Lee would look great in a 49ers uniform next year, but he'll be off the board by the time they're on the clock.